A character driven story exploring the intense pressures of the world of horse racing!
I was kindly gifted this book from Midas PR and Simon Schuster in exchange for an honest review and to take part in the blog tour.
ICED by Felix Francis
Miles Pussett is a former steeplechase jockey. Now he gets his adrenaline rush from riding down the Cresta Run, a three-quarter-mile Swiss ice chute, head first, reaching speeds of up to eighty miles per hour.
Finding himself in St Moritz during the same weekend as White Turf, when high-class horseracing takes place on the frozen lake, he gets talked into helping out with the horses. It is against his better judgement. Seven years before, Miles left horseracing behind and swore he would never return.
When he discovers something suspicious is going on in the races, something that may have a profound impact on his future life, Miles begins a search for answers. But someone is adamant to stop him – and they’ll go to any lengths to do it . . .
ICED is categorised as a ‘thriller’ however whilst there was certainly some mystery elements to it, I would say this is a very tame thriller and focussed more on the life of the main character Miles.
Despite it not being a high intense thriller it didn’t disappoint. The author drew me into the world of horse racing and created this character that I instantly was drawn to. At times it felt like I was reading a memoir and had to remind myself that Miles Pussett wasn’t real.
The story is told from two timelines, the present day Miles who encounters something going on that isn’t right in the world of horse racing, to years earlier when Miles himself was a jockey and we learn about his family, how he came to be a jockey and the many difficulties and addictions he faced throughout.
I loved finding out more about Miles which at times was heartbreaking to see his struggles but I think the author handled it all so well and really captured the difficulties people face with their mental health.
There is a ‘who dunnit’ mystery to solve here but overall I’d say this is a character driven story which highlights the intense pressures of becoming a steeplechase jockey, addiction and exploring the issue of mental health.